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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-08-2013, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Otter in Northern NJ?

The tracks on the left are red fox, the tracks on the right?



About three inches long, full of short, dark, possibly muskrat fur, and fish scales.



Otter?

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Re: Otter in Northern NJ?

lugnut im not sure but dont otters usually slide when walking?
how long did u follow there tracks
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Re: Otter in Northern NJ?

At first I thought they were mink but they seem way too big and so does the turd. I know what mink poop looks like. It looks exactly like the turd I found except about 1/3 that size.

The tracks in the pic are on a frozen lake as were most of the tracks found. I didn't trust the ice so I didn't follow them very far.

Never considered the sliding thing...

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Re: Otter in Northern NJ?

I had a road killed otter on I287 where it runs along the Great Swamp in Morris County just South of Morristown by Jockey Hollow in the late 70's so I'm really not suprised if the tracks turned out to be those of an otter.

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Re: Otter in Northern NJ?

I think they are mink tracks.

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Re: Otter in Northern NJ?

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I think they are mink tracks.

pics are always hard to tell track but i'm with john. i caught an otter in a beaver trap this year and they dont go far without sliding or leaving a tail drag. pretty big feet too. i never saw rat hair in otter poo but thats not saying they dont eat them. around here its mostly fish scale and that slimy mucous stuff from the fresh water muscles.

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Re: Otter in Northern NJ?

doug , i've caught many otters . like was said , pics of tracks are tough ,but that dung don't look like otter . all otter toilets i've ever seen were mushy and full of scales . i also followed tracks of otter across open ground 5-6 hundred yards right into my dirthole . so to see them on ground isn't that uncommon . could it possibly be a fisher ? looks like a hopping critter with a tail drag .
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Re: Otter in Northern NJ?

Here is some good info on mink.
http://bobarnebeck.com/mink.htm

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Re: Otter in Northern NJ?

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doug , i've caught many otters . like was said , pics of tracks are tough ,but that dung don't look like otter . all otter toilets i've ever seen were mushy and full of scales . i also followed tracks of otter across open ground 5-6 hundred yards right into my dirthole . so to see them on ground isn't that uncommon . could it possibly be a fisher ? looks like a hopping critter with a tail drag .
It's definitely a hopping critter and there is a slight tail drag. I'll go with your experience on the poo and rule out otter.

I suppose it could be a mink but it would have to be a big one. Tracks aren't melted out at all and they were bigger than any mink tracks I've seen. About 18-20" between hops so a mink could do that.

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could it possibly be a fisher ?
I looked up fisher scat and it matches but I don't think the tracks are big enough for that?

I guess I'll have to go with minkzilla lol.

Thanks for the input everybody.

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Re: Otter in Northern NJ?

not a fisher. they got feet bigger thanmost bobcats and spaced out more than that. i'm thinking minkzilla too

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